"Deseret Peak, outside of Salt Lake City" Hike/Climb Tip by leplaya
Hike/Climb, Salt Lake City: 4 reviews and 3 photos
Deseret Peak is about 30 miles west of Salt Lake City. It is a moutain of 11,031 feet in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It's a great half-day moutain climbing trip away from Salt Lake City. After driving up to the camping area parking lot (at 7,600 feet), it is only about a 3 hour hike to the peak (6 hrs round trip, but you should spend some time at the peak), where you can get beathtaking views of the Great Salt Lake, the mountains west of Salt Lake City (Oquirrah Mountains), as well as the salt flats of Western Utah. The path is well marked and except for a steep, snowy area near the peak that you need to be careful with, the hike is not that bad. I'm an amateur when it comes to hiking, and even I didn't think that it was too bad. Though it is rated as a moderately difficult hike, with a 3,400 feet climb in a four mile hike.
Not only is the peak beautiful, but you also go through wooded areas, and flowered valleys as you make your way to the peak. It is probably best to go during the middle of summer (I went in late June), because there is still snow on the peak. Also make sure you take water, because the temperature could get pretty high in the summer.
Address: West of Salt Lake City, just south of Grantsville
Directions: From Salt Lake City, take I-80 W to exit 88, to Grantsville. In Grantsville turn left on S. Cooley St., after 5 miles turn right at the sign to South Willow Canyon. As you enter the park, the drive to the campground is 7 miles up a gravel road.
Phone: (801) 943-1794
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